IFR press release

Finalists nominated for Invention and Entrepeneurship in Robotics and Automation Award (IERA)

Presentations at International Conference on Robotics and Automation

28 April 2011

Four Finalists have been nominated by the IERA Award Committee to present their story of the genesis of a successful innovative product in robotics and automation at a special Industry Forum at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). The Industry Forum is part of the programme of ICRA 2011 and will be held on 9 May 2011 from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM in the Yellow River hall at Shanghai International Convention Center (SHICC). IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE/RAS) and the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) agreed to jointly sponsor the Invention and Entrepreneurship Award.

Nominees 2011

Bruno Maisonnier, Aldebaran Robotics
"NAO - Humanoid Robot"

Karl-Erik Neumann, Exechon AB
"Parallel Kinematic Machine Tool Robotics"

Dr. Maarja Kruusmaa, Fits.me
"Fits.me - Shape-Changing Robotic Mannequin"

Seung-Min Baek, LG Electronics
"HomBot: Dual-Eye based Smart Cleaning Robot"

These achievements will be recognized in a specially organized IEEE/IFR Joint Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics and Automation, which is being held in conjunction with the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. The selected finalists will have the opportunity to present their story of the genesis of a successful innovative product in robotics and automation from its very inception to the final state of commercialization in a series of plenary lectures. The ultimate winner will be chosen by an evaluation board, consisting of distinguished individuals from industry and academia. A prestigious plaque will be awarded to each finalist and a US$ 2,000 prize will be awarded to the winner during the ICRA Opening Ceremony. To register for the session please visit the venues webpage.